Today Kate Middleton shares her 37th birthday with the 30th anniversary of the London Air Ambulance service which Prince William attended.
Prince William took the skies for the first time since June last year, 17 months since he flew his final shift for East Anglian Air Ambulance, to attend the anniversary at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, East London.
Kate’s birthday celebration is set to take place later at home in Kensington Palace together with Prince William and their three children, George, Charlotte, and Louis.
The LAA’s chief pilot, 47-year-old Neil Jeffers, flew one of their MD 902 Explorer helicopters to Kensington Palace to pick up Prince William for the anniversary, which he flew back to Whitechapel.
Kensington Palace posted a morning tribute to Kate for her birthday that read:
“Thank you everyone for all your lovely messages on The Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday.”
Born on January 9, 1982, at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Kate called Amman, Jordan home for a few years where she attended nursery school from age three before the family moved back to Berkshire.
From the age of 13, Kate attended the exclusive private Marlborough College in Wiltshire where she partially boarded.
As patron of 17 charities Kate focuses her charity work on helping children and giving them the best possible start in life, but today is her day to take care of herself and her family, and to look back at the last decade with a sense of accomplishment as to how far she and her family had come.
As the eldest of three children, Kate set a couple of firsts in the royal family. Not only is she the first royal wife to hold a degree after she graduated with a 2:1 in Art History in 2005, but also the oldest royal bride in British history when she married Prince William at the age of 29 in 2011.
For her gap year, she indulged her love for the arts in Florence where she studied a mixture of Italian and art history at the famous British Institute.
But for today Kate will indulge in her family and spending quality time with them during the special day. Her next engagement is set to be on January 15, when she will visit King Henry’s Walk Community Garden to hear about food growing and local gardening.
In Kate’s first appearance this year she looked beautiful in blue as she appeared with Prince William and the rest of the royals for the customary first Sunday service of the year at St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham.
During their first public appearance of the year, Kate stepped out in a beautiful outfit she had previously worn during an engagement in Oslo. Kate looked stylish and warm in a blue coat by Catherine Walker & Co with a matching headband, navy heels, and a black clutch.
Underneath the coat, she wore a navy and white polka dot dress from LK Bennett with a dashing Prince William by her side dressed in a smart black tailcoat and suit.